Yesterday, former Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods issues a press release urging Arizona House Minority Leader David Lujan to either produce a realistic, concrete proposal for solving the state's fiscal problems or admit that he does not want to be part of the budget solution.
Woods said, "Rep. Lujan continues to offer manipulation and political calculation when the people he serves need authentic service."
David Lujan is a candidate for Attorney General and Woods said that, "Despite his title and his ambition for higher office, his calls for leadership will continue to ring false, until he stops playing games and makes a positive contribution toward resolving the situation that he helped to create."
Lujan claims that his "line-by-line" proposals for balancing the budget can be found at his website, however, his website had not been updated since last September and holds no specific proposal for a budget solution according to Woods. "He might as well refer us to the Magna Carta, it probably has more direction for solving the budget crisis than his website, " Wood said.
At a press conference last Monday, Lujan was asked by reporters to introduce his ideas as budget bills. Lujan responded that House Democratic leadership will only put their budget proposals in bill form if they have 31 votes in the Arizona House.
Woods responded that, "Governor Brewer has proposed a way forward which has displeased some in her own party; perhaps Rep. Lujan and other Democratic office holders could show good faith by doing the same, and then we could take them seriously."
Legislative Democrats have complained that they have been "frozen out" of budget discussions. Woods said, "That is nonsense. They have simply decided to put politics ahead of public service and refused to help the current governor protect education and public safety through this downturn. She has done the courageous thing; they continue to do the political thing."